The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018


The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018 – Foodie Explorers joins the Finalists

The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards 2018 will take place on 4th September and we are super chuffed to be finalists alongside the best of Scotland’s Food and Drink producers, restaurants and cafes.

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The finalists are:-

Best Craft Beer

Brew Toon
Bute Brew Co
Lerwick Brewery
Stewart Brewing

Best Bar and Kitchen

Inn on Loch Lomond
Scotch & Rye, Inverness
The Marine, Stonehaven

Best Use of Scottish Produce

Loch Levens Larder, Kinross
Luss Smokehouse,
Luss Thule Ventus, Shetland

Best Scottish Spirit

Aelder Elixir
Isle of Skye Distillers – Misty Isle Gin
Wester Spirit Co – Wester Spiced Rum

Best Newcomer

Paul Tamburrini, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
Pennygate Lodge, Isle of Mull
Provender Melrose
The Fishmarket, Newhaven harbour

Best Street Food

Bonnie Burrito
Dockyard Social, Glasgow
The Crema Caravan

Best Dining Experience

21212, Edinburgh
Eusebi Deli, Glasgow
The Sun Dancer, Nairn

Best Eco-Friendly

Bute Brew Co, Isle of Bute
Hickory Catering Company, Edinburgh

Best Chef

Adam Neweth, Tayberry, Broughty Ferry
Paul Kitching, 21212, Edinburgh
Scott Smith, Fhior, Edinburgh

Best Cafe/Deli

Eusebi Deli, Glasgow
Mrs Greens Tea Room, Dumfries
Porto & Fi, Edinburgh

Best Local Pub

Elphinstone Hotel, Biggar
Station Buffet Bar, Leven, Fife
The Steam Packet Inn, Dumfries and Galloway

Your Hidden Gem – voted by readers of The Scotsman

North Harbour Bistro, Scalpay
The Caddy Mann, Jedburgh
The Sun Dancer, Nairn
The Steam Packet Inn, Dumfries and Galloway
Aberdeenshire Larder
Brodies, Moffat
Cavens House, Dumfries
The Tin Coo, Aberdeenshire
Stevenson Tea Room, Shetland
Aurora, Edinburgh
Leftfield, Edinburgh
The Clunybank, Moray

Best of luck everyone and we’ll bring you the results when we have them






I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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